If a #1 kg# object moving at #3 m/s# slows down to a halt after moving #8 m#, what is the friction coefficient of the surface that the object was moving over?

2 Answers
Mar 13, 2018

Answer:

#mu_k~~0.0573#

Explanation:

It's very useful to organize the given information in a table to be able to identify the formulas that would be efficient to use.
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The acceleration is the variable we need to solve for to acquire the net force on the object. The formula, #v^2=v_o^2+2ad# where #v# is the final velocity, #v_o# is the initial velocity, #a# is the acceleration, and #d# is the displacement, best allows us to solve for the net acceleration. With the mass (1 kg), we can calculate the net force.

#v^2=v_o^2+2ad#
#a=(v^2-v_o^2)/(2d)#
#a=(0^2-3^2)/(2*8)#
#a=-9/16 m/s^2#
#SigmaF=m*bar a#
#SigmaF=-9/16 N#

The acceleration that slows this object down comes from the frictional force from the surface that the object is sliding on which is defined as #F_f=F_n*mu_k#. Assuming the object is on a horizontal surface, the #F_n=mg# or the gravitational force on the object.

( In the following picture, the direction of movement it to the right, the forces interacting on the y-axis, normal force and gravitational force, are of equal magnitude, and the frictional force is opposite to the motion.)

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The net force is equal to the frictional force only since the upward normal force cancels out the downward gravitational force therefore, #SigmaF=F_f#. By substituting #F_f# with its definition, we get the equation
#SigmaF=F_n*mu_k#
Where we can then substitute #F_n# for #mg#
#SigmaF=mg*mu_k#
#mu_k=(SigmaF)/(mg)#
#mu_k=(-9/16N)/(-9.81N)~~0.0573#

Mar 13, 2018

Answer:

#mu_k = 0.056#

Explanation:

Well, the force of friction #F_f# is defined as the following...

#F_f = mu_k N#

And the normal is given by...

#N = mg#

#N = (1)(9.81)#

#N = 9.81N#

So now, we need to calculate an acceleration to get the force of friction. We are assuming in this question that #F_(drive) = F_f# because all the energy that the mass possess is lost to friction.

#v^2=u^2-2as#

#0^2 = 3^2 -2(8)a#

#0 = 9-16a#

#a = (-9)/(16)#

#a= -0.5625 ms^-2#

#F_f=ma#

#F_f=(1)abs(-0.5625)#

#F_f=0.5625N#

#mu_k = F_f/N#

#mu_k = 0.5625/9.81#

#mu_k = 0.057#